Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater on 2005-07-16
- Live concert
- Phil Lesh and Friends
Cold Rain & Snow
Friend of the Devil
Easy Plateau >
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire on the Mountain
Dark Star >
Sugar Magnolia >
Uncle Johns Band >
Life is Beautiful
Terrapin Station >
Dark Star >
The Other One >
Uncle Johns Band reprise
Donate Yer Organs/Intros
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|Cold Rain & Snow|
|Friend of the Devil|
|Easy Plateau >|
|Scarlet Begonias >|
|Fire on the Mountain|
|Dark Star >|
|Sugar Magnolia >|
|Uncle JohnÃÂs Band >|
|Life is Beautiful|
|Terrapin Station >|
|Dark Star >|
|The Other One >|
|Uncle JohnÃÂs Band reprise|
|Donate Yer Organs/Intros|
Level changes at 8:33-8:35 of D1T02
Split between discs 2 and 3 is seamless
- 2005-07-21 18:48:29
- Sony PCM-M1 > Delta Dio 24/96 > Samplitude 7.0 (48kHz > 44.1kHz) > CDWav > FLAC
- Morrison, CO
- Taped by
- Nic Brokenleg
- Transferred by
- Nic Brokenleg
- Red Rocks Amphitheater
Subject: Ryan Adams is not the only problem
There are great moments scattered throughout this show but if you really listen the band as a whole sounds sloppy, making sketchy and unconfident changes throuhgout. Whatever, every band has off nights and there's a lot of pressure on the musicians to NAIL each and every part to every song, especially when the majority of the audience knows the songs so well.
Good vibes and good musicianship bump this up to a three star performance. I like the recording a lot too but I am reviewing the music, not the recording.
Subject: good show
Subject: easy plateau
well, after playing a spine-tingling 'easy plateau' (a fantastic piece of song craft), phil, ryan and crew launch into a space reminiscent of the grateful dead, yet a new animal of it's own. i especially appreciate phil launching into the raunch with this one. what a great line-up! i'd drive from MAINE to the rocks to catch this; if only they'd do it again.
this line-up had very few shows together in which to gell or even get wheels under 'em. impressive.
Subject: let it go
Subject: spend a little time on a mountain
Subject: More Ryan
There are a lot of people who think highly of him, he was nominated for song of the year and album of the year for the 2006 Jammy awards. So what if he misses a few verses during this show.
I'd love to see him play with Phil more and sing more.
Quite frankly, I can't understand why you would drive extremely far distances to hear Phil SING. I wouldn't consider that one of his strong traits.
Get over it you stubborn ass hippys. Jerry is no longer with us. Oooh he missed a note! Oooh did you hear that? He said "Riding that train" instead of "Driving that train"!!!! I want Jerry wah wah wah.
Subject: About the same amount of highs and lows from last night
1st Set: "tune-Up" constitutes the tail end of a hypothetical 'space.' Ahhh...this is a "Spacey Jam." Immediate elevation, me likey. They stumble into a "Cold Rain." It's nicely brought to the surface if it lacks muscular girth. I'm not a fan of Ryan's vocal inflection choices. However, Phil's thumping and the intensity of the performance makes it likable. "FOTD" glides along nicely...but Ryan's weak whine is not ideal. I haven't listened to Chris Robinson with the boys yet...but why are they always unable to find a decent lead vocalist? Phil's version is certainly Not as slow as the Loggins/Messina versions post-hiatus, but it isn't the velocity of the bluegrass inflected original. The pedal steel is used to evocative effect during "Easy Plateau." It does fit into the GD type of mellow country-rock ouerve. Feedback twists out of the song...decent levels of droning insanity. finally ends into a perky, pick-me-up "Bertha." Why can't Ryan effectively spout out the words? He fares better with bright-eyed delight in the second verse. He minor-league goofs by thrusting us into the third verse without the final, 'I had to move' off the bridge...but whatever. Did I miss some stage banter? Anyways, the "Candyman's" in town. It's nothing better than standard. Phil says something...? Apparently, Ryan's guitar broke..claims to have never done anything wrong before...Phil, 'Oh, you and your cousin.' Ryan replies, "What did he say?...oh, he did? what a tool." "And oif you think about it, this is the same way the GD used to do it..screwing around after tunes." Ryan - "I think the right term is exploring...and everytime you were exploring I was thinking of naughty stuff..." and so on. "Scarlet is capably performed..wish Phil's singing voice could be as friendly as hs speaking tone. "Fire" is (Borat) 'nice' due to Jimmy's playing and a lighter rhythm section.
2nd Set: The opening "Jam" is akin to a replication of a sputtering nutcracker suite. The first verse of "Dark Star" arrives before its opening riff. Things get reasonably hairy before heading into "Sugar Mag" land. Why can't they drum it easy and breezy, it's harder to dance this way. This is where the post GD bands get their revisionist history all wrong...complicating songs with too many notes and signature changes when simplicity is all that's needed. Thankfully, "SD" fares a little better. No idea about this "Magnolia Mountain." It's passionately rendered, but as a melody, will you be humming the riff when walking home? Eventually notes form cohension and a "UJB" is born. It flows smoothly from the cup. Afterwards, they enter a sinister 'Spanish' "jam" flavorings. Then it begins to rollick, release the build-up of notes, and a sigh of relief ending with silence. Another unfamiliar tune, "Life is Beautiful." Sure, it's sympathetically offered in Ryan's compassionate minor voice. However, it hits the same chord as the other tunes, and is therefore a bathroom break. How about an old-fashioned next, Ryan? "Terrapin" is the next destination. Capably handled, the outro jam heads back into slight ethereal territory as the border is crossed back into a down-home countrified "Dark star." It reaches its rightful end, and then the awe-inspiring riff and potential beheamoth, "TOO." Rock on, hope you enjoy thunder. After eight minutes of indebted insanity, they clunk their way into the solemnity of "Stella." Ryan's heart is in the right place though some of the pedal removes the subtler aspects of isolated misery. Anyways, it's well-played and compact. Goofball time with our "China." Ryan's odd recitations continue but keen pacings maintain my glee. High speed chase during "Rider." Ryan and Phil do the 'headlight' but the crowd has to push them over the top. A short "UJB" vocal reprise, an implorment of devotion and comraderie, ends the set.
Phil does his organ donor rap and introduces the band...full rock star. Ryan starts blabbing about 'still making the apple pies up there.'
Oh...a repeat of last night, "Wharf." lame-o. better than last night...but what vanity.
3 1/3 stars
Subject: Ryan Adams??......C'mon Phil
Phil, You should have picked any person in the audience to come up and play ryan's part. It would have been much better and much more interesting, then to hear ryan flub EVERY SONG and to fuck up on the guitar work..Anyone in the audience could have nailed all the lyrics and so forth, get someone who LISTENS and PLAYS dead tunes, Not some guy who sings in a pop band......
Subject: Phil Rocks the Rocks
It's funny, 25 years ago I would have never thought of this as a family outing.
One of the things I like about Phil is that he is not afraid to change the sound of his band, it's not the same sounding covers of the songs we love, but a reworking of them. This is why I believe that, in the words of my friend Scott, Phil & Friends is the best Dead cover band around....LOL. Seriously though, it's one of the reasons I would much rather see Phil then the new Dead.
I really liked the energy of the new kid, Ryan Adams and the pedal steel, gave the show a nice New Riders meets GratefulDead feel. Those of us who got in when the doors opened were treated to about 1/2 hour of soundcheck. It was real cool, very relaxed, at the end of it Ryan says, "thanks for coming and drive home safely"...LOL. Does anyone have that on tape?
The first set was solid with some great tunes and a very nice Scarlet Fire to end it. I had to laugh when a guy behind me yelled "School the new kid, Jimmy." The second set was epic with great jams and an awesome song choice. I liked the new songs too.
And to those who complain that Ryan had problems with lyrics....Helllooo!!! did you attend any GD shows after 1983?? If remembering lyrics were important to the quality of a show, there would have been very few 5 star shows from that period. It's about the music....we all know the lyrics.
As always the sound was exquisite at Red Rocks. . All in All an excellent Phil experience.
Subject: Phil on a Roll
Subject: isn't it ironic...
In all seriousness, I think RA adds a ton of positives to the PAF flava. He can play, he can sing, he has personality (even if it's a li'l grating at times). I hear hints of 70's GD and a good bit of Neil Young when I listen to his recent live stuff, and I like it. Sure, these shows are kinda like an onstage rehearsal...but hell, that's how the Dead would've done it, probably. Lighten up, I say.
As for the flubs -- hell, everyone knows Phil sports the kind. Could you imagine being up there at the Rocks with Phil, baked out of your mind and trying to remember the words?
This pull is good, but I enjoyed the Oktava cards/DIN pull with the Waves processing the best. Thanks much to the taping army...it's a good show.
Subject: Phil & Ryan Adams @ Red Rocks
The sound quality of this recording is good. Not a soundboard or matrix, but good quality for an audience recording in such a large venue as Red Rocks. This show will not disapoint those that did not get to go to Colorado this summer.
Thanks for the effort to record and upload for us to share.
Subject: And I ain't gonna be treated this way...
Subject: Maiden voyage from Red Rocks
Subject: Solid Stuff
Subject: C'mon Ryan!!!
Subject: yet another Saturday night!
Subject: so solid
Phil lays it down some, jim herring kills it, ryan adams is cool with me now, passionate, meaningful stuff here, and the drums are definitely slightly better than slick. Jeff Sipe and J Herring hail from the Aquarium Rescue Unit and most certainly still have some of that Bruce unity.
This show is stellar phenomenal.
Sless on the steel makes you feel
like the real deal holyfield
from an audience participators perspective,
5 stars , could be better recordings out there, who knows, get it anyway and listen to the reworkings on some of these songs. Phil keepin da shit fresh fo yo ears! phil may be better than ever too. nahh, 69 phil, no wait, 72 europe Phil, bullshit man: everybody knows 77 winterland phil is the best, fuck that! 82 phil wreaked havoc with mega-bass bombs, what? you obviously weren't there for Dead tour summer 93!, Phil killed members of the crowd with his reverberations.
whatever, i was conceieved and birthed, in the Phil Zone.
get this anyway
its fresh, and ripe,
Subject: Get Your Phil
This recording suffers from wind issues, as the wind was swirling around the Rocks that night- hence the phase shifting. And as noted below there is a sense of distortion in the recording itself. I hope Phil offers us the board, I'd like to hear it all more clearly.
Show: 5+ (based on my personal experience)
Sound: 3 (wind can't be overcome at Red Rocks)
Subject: GOOD SHOW!
Besides that this show is WORTH the DL
Subject: good show
Subject: Let me be the First
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